Before we decided to have children, I had never really considered homebirth, I had always just assumed that I would head to the hospital to have my baby, I had never met anyone who homebirthed and my own mother had all four of her children in hospital, in fact I even remember hearing about a hospital when I was a child who let their women birth in a pool and I distinctly remember being absolutely disgusted at the idea, all that goo floating around??? Ew!
I remember the exact moment homebirthing became a consideration for me. We had just decided to start talking seriously about the possibility of having a family, and (not yet) Doting Dad – my now husband who was then just the hottie I was dating – had done his weekly library run and brought me back a couple of books about pregnancy and birthing. I’ll be eternally grateful that the two books he picked up weren’t stock standard mainstream books like “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” but were “Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering” By Sarah Buckley and “Spiritual Midwifery” by Ina May Gaskin. I picked up Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering first and I was hooked. I had never before considered the possibility but as soon as I did, it felt like it was the exact right choice for us. (more…)